Clearing landmines in the Donbas

Since the start of the War in Donbas in 2014, eastern Ukraine has become littered with landmines and unexploded ordnance. Over two thousand people have been injured or killed by these deadly objects, accounting for a third of all civilian casualties of the conflict, and making Ukraine into one of the top five most mine-affected countries in the world. Ukrainians who have already suffered from years of conflict continue to fall victim every day.


Deminers of The HALO Trust, the largest landmine charity in the world, remove mines and explosive items to prevent accidents and enable people to safely use their land for agriculture. They have already cleared six million square meters of land and removed 1,800 anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, improvised explosive devices, projectiles, mortars, grenades and cluster munitions. They will need to continue for at least several more decades to rid Ukraine of this deadly legacy of war and make the country completely mine-free.


These photos were taken for The HALO Trust.

Deminer excavating a potential explosive item after finding a signal with his mine detector

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Minefields are often situated close to densely populated settlements, factories or infrastructure

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In summer, the scorching heat makes the job extra tough

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Dense minefields in forests along the border with Russia are marked and cleared

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Deminers' boots hanging to dry by a fire after a long day in the autumn mud

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Crews packing up their equipment while artillery rumbles in the distance - shooting across the 'contact line' often starts at the end of the day and continues through the night

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A monument to two fallen Ukrainian soldiers who drove over an anti-tank mine in 2015

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Local residents are handed HALO leaflets informing them of the risks of mines

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